Sweater Girl

striped sweater, tunic sweater, skinny jeans

Sweater: Alice + Olivia / Jeans: Eileen Fisher / Boots: purchased in 2008, similar / Earrings: Argento Vivo, similar / Bracelets: Stella & Dot, J.Crew, similar color / Watch: Michael Kors

A couple of weeks ago after dropping off my used Nespresso capsules for recycling at Bloomingdale’s, I stepped onto the down escalator and immediately spotted this sweater, strategically racked right at the bottom. It winked and blew me kisses all the way, and by the time I stepped off on the second floor landing, I was smitten. Often after a clothing coup de foudre, the try-on is a disappointment but not this time. I think we’re going to have a long and happy relationship.

striped sweater, cowl neck sweater, J.Crew bracelet

This sweater hit all the right notes for me. It’s fun and just girly enough, but not twee. The swingy cut flirts with a bit of volume, but the light weight and drape keep it from veering into tent territory. I’d wear it in Paris. Even le monsieur, who rarely notices what I’m wearing, said (unsolicited) “wow, nice top!” when I tried it on at home. Purchased at the start of the last heat wave, I figured it would be too warm to wear it for weeks, but the Universe was in a magnanimous mood and gave us a few days of cool-enough weather.

Stripes 4

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26 Comments

  1. September 11, 2013 / 3:43 am

    I can see why this sweater flirted with you!! You were meant for each other…great look! I wish Bloomingdale’s had not left San Antonio…I enjoyed shopping there again when I went to Chicago!

  2. Susan Daniel
    September 11, 2013 / 4:53 am

    I miss Bloomingdale’s in Dallas!

  3. Lisa White
    September 11, 2013 / 5:05 am

    Very cute!

  4. September 11, 2013 / 7:13 am

    It’s lovely when “they” find us, isn’t it? Takes all the tough decision-making out of the equation, and we just know the new love is coming home with us. Looks great on you!

  5. September 11, 2013 / 7:36 am

    Love it! I had a great Bloomingdales at Mall of America, but sadly it closed. They have top notch items like this that I miss.

  6. September 11, 2013 / 8:08 am

    I will be in New York in October. I might be ready to try another “new look” piece. Your sweater suits you.

  7. September 11, 2013 / 9:22 am

    gorgeous top! I love the combination of the soft round collar and triangular hemline. Such a great contrast.

  8. September 11, 2013 / 11:44 am

    Now, with the cool weather (cooler than the 100’s we have had) I was thinking about pulling out a Vogue pattern I have that is the same as your sweater. I recently just picked up a some wonderful knit yardage from the Fabric District and am itching to sew them up.

  9. September 11, 2013 / 12:52 pm

    I love this look! The vertical stripes are sophisticated and elongating. The shape is flirty! Great combination!

  10. eleanorjanebirdy
    September 11, 2013 / 2:01 pm

    Nice! I’m a believer in snapping up those lovely items that call to you. Sometimes it might be a mistake, but more often than not it’s something that I love and wear for ages. I’m hoping that a dark jade green fake leather moto jacket I got in France will be one of the latter category.

  11. Jill
    September 11, 2013 / 8:49 pm

    You look wonderful in this sweater, it suits you! I am a big fan of Alice + Olivia, I always stop by to see what’s on the racks there when I am at Bloomingdale’s. XO, Jill

  12. September 11, 2013 / 9:15 pm

    The sweater is perfection, and pairs perfectly with your boots. Your hair looks gorgeous today!

  13. September 12, 2013 / 2:16 am

    Such a perfect top, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    I want your boots, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Thank you for each and everyone of your comments. They mean the world to me.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  14. September 12, 2013 / 7:39 am

    My chic 22 y.o. daughter loves it (I wasn’t sure, and asked her opinion). It’s a real compliment coming from her.

  15. Mette
    September 12, 2013 / 11:36 am

    I must say …….the top looks much better on you than on the model : )!

  16. September 14, 2013 / 2:48 pm

    I can see why it blew kisses and winked, it’s perfect! Really stunning. The cowl neck is flattering on you. Btw, I love how you’ve been angling your face in recent photos. I should try that. Maybe it will help me be a little less camera shy.

  17. Mrs C
    September 23, 2013 / 1:31 am

    The sweater is stunning! I love the cowl neckline and agree with you that the slight A line cut makes it so flattery. I’d buy this top in a second!

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  18. fashionovafifty
    September 23, 2013 / 8:42 am

    Love the top–I think these new asymmetrical shapes can be very flattering.

    You always have the BEST boots! xoxo

  19. September 23, 2013 / 1:00 pm

    Oui je suis d’accord avec le Monsieur
    Le haut est très beau!
    I wonder if Men have love affairs with their clothes –
    I wonder if their eye work the same way as us- We can spot from any distance i think a fabulous item…

  20. September 23, 2013 / 5:54 pm

    Very good looking. Smart. Not tenty, but with a flair… so you. Good for you. I agree about the try-on as eliminator. An underused tool, but I’m getting more disciplined about it.

    BTW ,,, I’ve been looking for a black moto, and keep seeing yours with you in it when I look at them. Helping me remember what I like about the style!

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